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Government Reimposes Curfew on Bawku

2008-01-30 22:51:06
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Government has re-imposed the curfew on the Bawku municipality. A curfew was instituted following deterioration of the security situation in the area due to communal clashes in December, 2007.

Announcing security arrangements for the area in parliament, Minister of the Interior Kwamena Bartels said the curfew, from 8:00pm to 5:00am, prohibits all persons in the Bawku municipality, Zabugu and Garu townships and their environs, from carrying arms and ammunition or any offensive weapon.

The Interior Minister reported that an assessment of casualties and damage following the disturbances last month, revealed, 10 people had been confirmed dead, while 16 others sustained various degrees of injury.

104 houses and stores were completely burnt down; while 23 others were partially affected with five vehicles set ablaze.
22 persons have been arrested in connection with the disturbances and they have since been remanded in prison custody pending court action on 31st January.

One Ak47 rifle assault rifle, one SMG rifle and about thirty-two assorted ammunition have been seized by the security agencies.

Kwamena Bartels said about 130 soldiers and 250 policemen have been deployed currently to the area.

A number of MPs then made pronouncements on the matter after the minister’s statement

A number of papers on legislative instruments of the ministry of local government, rural development and environment were laid.

Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee Sallas Mensah also moved the motion for the adoption of the Auditor-General’s report for the year ending 31st December 2004.

Some members were however not happy about the misappropriation of funds in public agencies.


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